Saturday, December 20, 2008

New Horse to Play With

I have missed being around horses so much. Ever since I left Missouri in October I really have not had a chance to even see any horses, let alone work with them. This strange craving comes over me anytime I am away from horses for an extended period of time, it's a craving I often jokingly call my Horse Withdrawals. It's one reason I know that I am destined to work with horses. I am not content unless there is a soft mussel and a giddy whiny to greet me at the gate.

So you can understand how excited I was when a colleague of my mother's invited me over to play with their two horses. I went out on Thursday and had such a good time. They have two horses, an older Arabian mare named Rose and her 4 or 5 year old son, Pride, who is a Percheron cross. They are both beautiful and sweet horses, but I especially enjoyed playing with Pride.

Pride has never had any formal training before and so I eagerly offered to train him as much as I can before I leave for Indiana in February. Of course I cannot ride him yet, even if he were ready my doctor would have a fit if I tried to ride before my arm is completely healed. So for now I am going to be teaching Pride basic ground manors such as haltering and leading, tying, picking up his feet, giving to pressure, lunging, etc. I am really excited to work with him. He is so curious and I can tell he has an eagerness to learn. It's almost like he's just asking for someone to train him! I wish I had a longer period of time to work with him. I would love to saddle brake him. I think he has the potential to be a good dressage horse. He has the body and, better yet, he seems to have the mind for it.

I cannot wait to go out and work with him again, although that may not be until after New Years.

Here is a short video clip I made of him. It gives you a good glimpse of his personality. I hope you enjoy.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Chance of a Lifetime

Hello Again, the Few and The Fabulous who read my blog. I am hoping to update this thing more often so that I can keep all of you guys informed with what is going on in my life.

My arm is healing well, thank you very much. I am being put through torture right now - I mean physical therapy... sorry - it's going well and I am already making a lot of progress. Thank you to everyone that has been keeping me in their prayers. I cannot express in words how much that means to me. Please continue to pray for my complete healing. There is still a chance I may need another surgery in six months if I am unable to regain full movement of my arm. I am praying it does not come to that and that I will regain full motion and strength in my arm.

On a much more interesting and exciting note: I have recently been accepted to a horse training internship in Indiana. It is an FEI Dressage training and breeding facility, which probably does not mean a thing to you if you are not a horse person, but that is a pretty big deal to the horse freaks like me. Basically that means that they breed horses and train them for the very highest level of Dressage. The FEI is an international Dressage organization. What you see in FEI events would be like what you see in the Olympics.

I understand that many of you may not even know what Dressage is. To give you a basic idea, here is one of my favorite YouTube videos showing one of the greatest examples of Freestyle Dressage I have ever seen (Freestyle Dressage is performed to music, not all Dressage is done with music). It is going to be quite a while before I get anywhere close to what you will see in this video but at least you can see what my goal is. I hope you enjoy.

Pretty cool, isn't it? Anyways, what I will be doing in my internship will be learning how to ride and compete with Dressage horses, learn how to train Dressage horses from the ground up, and learn how to teach other people how to ride Dressage. They also breed American Warmblood horses so I will get a chance to learn a bit about how to run a breeding operation. I could not be more excited. This truly is a chance of a lifetime! The internship will be for one year. I will live in the home of the owners and work with them six days a week. It's going to be a lot of hard work but I am going to learn so much. I feel very blessed to be given this opportunity.

The place is called Forrest Hill Farm, it's located in Lafayette, Indiana. Here is the link to their website if you would like to learn more about where I will be spending the next year of my life.

Forrest Hill Farm and Kaiser Dressage Training Center

Please continue to keep me in your prayers,

God Bless and, if I don't update my blog again before the 25th, Merry Christmas!